I work for a wholesale company in Australia that is using a quoting system built in Filemaker and the system is a little too complex and basic for where I think our business model needs to go to improve sales and increase speed of generating quotes to clients.
My idea is to basically to build a password protected online store / quoting system that piggy backs our main website. So our reps can log into the website area via computer or mobile devices to quickly generate a quote for their client, quickly and accurately each time. Taking away the manual entry of Filemaker in its current form.
I have built a test version with Woocommerce and some plug ins for variations and it is in line of where I want to go.
However, we have locally made products, overseas suppliers and custom made product.
- Locally made products. In theory we would try and load a formula in the back end to do this maths on the front ends based on what is requested and this would be in local currency.
- We wanted to load all our International products with all their variants - fabrics, colours and woods available etc. So it would be Product 1 + a + b = 1ab but this might be in $US or €EURO and we need this to convert into an $AU value including our formula for container costs and any international duties.
I have a very hard time finding any plugins that can do this feature and I think it is outside my scope of ability to code this.
- Custom Made product - This would basically put the quote almost in a pending state so someone from the buying team could get it costed from locally suppliers, then put that information into the quote and send it back to a BDM to then send to a customer.
I understand this is a bit more in depth than a standard eCommerce website. I was just wondering if anyone here had any thoughts and to push me in the right direction to see what is available. I was trying to stay inside the Wordpress environment but happy to look at alternatives. I just thought with Wordpress there is a lot of developers out there and the technology would a bit more up to date than previous systems we have used. Where we get to a stable version and the system stays at that state and no-one knows how to update it with improvements we need as the business changes.
If anyone can help that would be great.